To All Whom It May Concern:
For fifteen years, /r/Funny has been one of Reddit’s most-popular communities. That time hasn’t been without its difficulties, but for the most part, we’ve all gotten along (with each other and with administrators). Members of our team fondly remember Moderator Roadshows, visits to Reddit’s headquarters, Reddit Secret Santa, April Fools’ Day events, regional meetups, and many more uplifting moments. We’ve watched this platform grow by leaps and bounds, and although we haven’t been completely happy about every change that we’ve witnessed, we’ve always done our best to work with Reddit at finding ways to adapt, compromise, and move forward.
This process has occasionally been preceded by some exceptionally public debate, however.
On June 12th, 2023, /r/Funny joined thousands of other subreddits in protesting the planned changes to Reddit’s API; changes which – despite being immediately evident to only a minority of Redditors – threatened to worsen the site for everyone. By June 16th, 2023, that demonstration had evolved to represent a wider (and growing) array of concerns, many of which arose in response to Reddit’s statements to journalists. Today (June 26th, 2023), we are hopeful that users and administrators alike can make a return to the productive dialogue that has served us in the past.
We acknowledge that Reddit has placed itself in a situation that makes adjusting its current API roadmap impossible.
However, we have the following requests:
- Commit to exploring ways by which third-party applications can make an affordable return.
- Commit to providing moderation tools and accessibility options (on Old Reddit, New Reddit, and mobile platforms) which match or exceed the functionality and utility of third-party applications.
- Commit to prioritizing a significant reduction in spam, misinformation, bigotry, and illegal content on Reddit.
- Guarantee that any future developments which may impact moderators, contributors, or stakeholders will be announced no less than one fiscal quarter before they are scheduled to go into effect.
- Work together with longstanding moderators to establish a reasonable roadmap and deadline for accomplishing all of the above.
- Affirm that efforts meant to keep Reddit accountable to its commitments and deadlines will hereafter not be met with insults, threats, removals, or hostility.
- Publicly affirm all of the above by way of updating Reddit’s User Agreement and Reddit’s Moderator Code of Conduct to include reasonable expectations and requirements for administrators’ behavior.
- Implement and fill a senior-level role (with decision-making and policy-shaping power) of "Moderator Advocate" at Reddit, with a required qualification for the position being robust experience as a volunteer Reddit moderator.
Reddit is unique amongst social-media sites in that its lifeblood – its multitude of moderators and contributors – consists entirely of volunteers. We populate and curate the platform’s many communities, thereby providing a welcoming and engaging environment for all of its visitors. We receive little in the way of thanks for these efforts, but we frequently endure abuse, threats, attacks, and exposure to truly reprehensible media. Historically, we have trusted that Reddit’s administrators have the best interests of the platform and its users (be they moderators, contributors, participants, or lurkers) at heart; that while Reddit may be a for-profit company, it nonetheless recognizes and appreciates the value that Redditors provide.
That trust has been all but entirely eroded… but we hope that together, we can begin to rebuild it.
In simplest terms, Reddit, we implore you: Remember the human.
We look forward to your response by Thursday, June 29th, 2023.
There’s also just one other thing.
On a flight and I need to get this out so here goes.
So... I'm in Syracuse for a deposit at a fertility clinic my wife wants to use.
When I get brought to the room, there is a leather chair that has cracks in it (in the front not the back so we know where the pressure point is don't we guys) and while I didn't smell it I'm sure it reaks of ass. No thanks. I rub it out like the old teenage version of me and I'll stand. Should have removed the pants from the ankles. This will prove important soon.
Time comes (no pun intended) to collect the sample and the cup is a few feet away on a knee high table. I do my best Donald Duck over there only to find that someone (me) forgot to remove the top of the container. So now I have to clench down on the big guy with one hand (every guy knows this discomfort) while I unscrew the lid. In the process, I slightly lose balance (pants around ankles issue) and gently fall into the wall shoulder first but still semi standing. Lid is off and I'm angled against the wall. Ok, I got this. I forgot about back pressure plus I'm at an angle so the first bit leaves at an elevated pressure and at an angle and overshoots the cup. I do my best to Neo from Matrix catch it but as I try to step forward I trip on the pants around the ankles and miss and it hits the wall. I sheepishly collect what's left and try to clean the wall with my sweater because I'm in panic mode and using tissues on the table behind me isn't a thought. Pull up my pants and it's time to leave.
Now, I was told to just return said sample to the desk. They didn't tell me there was a desk around the corner. I walk to the front desk with a cup containing the world's saddest amount of jizz. Mind you, I'm wearing a macho man Randy Savage sweater, now slightly jizz covered in the lower left corner, and my fly is still down. People in the lobby are appropriately appauled. Front Desk girl informs me I'm at the wrong desk. FML.
I order my Uber thinking that was the worst hour of my life. On the ride, I open my browser forgetting I was mid video and the audio starts full blast. I fear the old lady driving me now has whip lash with the velocity her head snapped back and glared at me. If I'm banned from Uber now, I understand.